Could someone paraphrase this quote for me please? "Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection."I'm doing a big paper on racism and so many different quotes that I have to...

Could someone paraphrase this quote for me please? "Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection."

I'm doing a big paper on racism and so many different quotes that I have to paraphrase, I've gotten through a good bit of them - could you help me please

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This is a quote from Martin Luther King's "A Letter From Birmingham Jail."  I would say that this quote is not so much about racism as about fighting against it.

In this quote, King is saying that he cannot understand people who do not really care much about the issue of racism.  He says he can understand it if people are racist.  Those people are embracing the evil of racism and probably think it is good.  But people who are only lukewarm against racism are strange to him.  He wonders how you can say "well, that's wrong, but I don't really care enough to do anything about it."

So if you're looking for a paraphrase, what he's saying is "I understand if you hate me, but if you don't hate me, how can you not support me when I fight against hate?"

Like I say, this isn't really a quote about the nature of racism -- it's about the fight against it.

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